Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by macmurphy » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:05 pm

hmm. i'm moist :wink:

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by twisted-space » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:07 pm

re.mark wrote:WOW
I was considering selling Reaktor this afternoon, but that new GUI alone makes me want to reconsider momentarily.
Shame its only a 5.5 and not 6 though...

Why? 6 would most likely be a paid upgrade, this is a free update. I like free.

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by ewistrand » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:23 pm

twisted-space wrote:
re.mark wrote:WOW
I was considering selling Reaktor this afternoon, but that new GUI alone makes me want to reconsider momentarily.
Shame its only a 5.5 and not 6 though...

Why? 6 would most likely be a paid upgrade, this is a free update. I like free.
Also, it's not 64 bit. 64 bit's going to involve a more substantial rewrite than 5.5 represents, and that's what I'm thinking's the main priority at this point. Will we see an x64 5.5 before we see R6? Your guess is as good as mine; however I'm thinking you won't see R6 until you have a functioning x64 version.

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by re.mark » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:40 pm

twisted-space wrote:
re.mark wrote:WOW
I was considering selling Reaktor this afternoon, but that new GUI alone makes me want to reconsider momentarily.
Shame its only a 5.5 and not 6 though...

Why? 6 would most likely be a paid upgrade, this is a free update. I like free.
yea I like free also, but R6 would infer a possibly imminent Komplete7 announcement - which I know is far off.

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by KrisM » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:02 pm

I do like that new UI. i'm sure now people will salivate all the more for a Reaktor 6.
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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by dum » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:31 pm

http://www.native-instruments.com/forum ... p?t=114767
The update will include the following improvements:

New and improved features:

* Additive synthesis capabilities (based on new "Sine Bank" module)
* Modal synthesis capabilities (based on new "Modal Bank" module)
* Instruments can now be loaded as ensembles and vice versa
* Revised one-window GUI with flexible "split" view
* Unified interface layout for standalone and plugin operation
* New full-screen view in standalone mode
* New "structure bookmarks" feature
* Improved instrument header, properties and sample map editor
* Improved audio player with browser integration, drag&drop and auto-mode
* Improved preset handling with bank list and "snapshot master" function
* Global master volume controls for audio input and output
* Improved functionality of send/receive modules
* Audio I/O channels increased to 40 in standalone mode
* Improved handling of audio I/Os and ports
* Improved auto-save in plugin mode
* Improved sample rate conversion
* New "Lazerbass" monophonic additive synthesizer by Mike Daliot
* All ensembles from Electronic Instruments I + II now included
* Additional keyboard shortcuts
* New "application reference" manual with integrated tutorials
http://www.native-instruments.com/forum ... p?t=114770
Stephan Schmitt wrote: Hi everybody,

Today we are happy to announce the next version of Reaktor, and make it available to you as a public beta version at the same time: Reaktor 5.5

Version 5.5 will be a free update, and it is based on many improvements that we have made to Reaktor recently. It also has significant new synthesis capabilities that can literally take a lifetime to explore - both conceptually as a builder, and sonically as a sound designer and musician.

It has been quite a long while since we have released the last "big" update of Reaktor, but it has always remained a very central part of the NI instrument range. Last year it was the platform for some very well-received and successful instruments: the Spiral sequencer by Lazyfish, my own Spark synthesizer and Tim Exile's "Finger". The new Reaktor version will be the basis for even more of these instrument releases from us in the future.

If you have a look at the attached screenshot of Reaktor 5.5, you will see that the user interface of Reaktor has received a major facelift. The new version not only looks "modern" again, the new single-window interface with its different split views and many GUI optimizations also improves the handling in many areas.

The screenshot also displays Mike Daliot's new "Lazerbass" additive synth that is a new addition to the factory library in 5.5. This instrument is based on the new "Sine Bank" module. The sound quality of the additive synthesis in Reaktor 5.5 is quite outstanding, as you will see from extremely detailled, brilliant, aliasing-free sounds that Lazerbass can generate.

The "Modal Bank" module is another major addition in the Reaktor 5.5 arsenal. Modal synthesis can produce a wide range of complex, organic timbres with tremendous depth and dynamic range, especially in the physical-modelling domain. The Modal Bank is also the basis for a new synthesizer that I am currently working on, which we will release in the near future as a separate instrument, but also as an ensemble for use in Reaktor 5.5.

In Reaktor 5.5 we have also improved various crucial areas like the snapshot management, the way how send/receive modules work, and the auto-save function in plugin mode. Also, ensembles and instruments are now interchangeable in how they can be loaded into Reaktor.

Some of the most important improvements in Reaktor 5.5 are "under the surface", more than 30% of the code is new. The new version is based on our latest GUI and audio bridge frameworks, so it has a more flexible and robust technological basis. This also brings advantages like a full-screen GUI mode, higher quality of sample rate conversion, and up to 40 audio channels in standalone mode.

Another important focus for Reaktor 5.5 for us was the documentation. The "application reference" manual has been completely rewritten, and it now also includes a lot of tutorial-style parts. We are also working on a similar new version of the "module reference" manual that will be made available together with the next upcoming Reaktor update that will bring full 64bit compatibility.

You can find a detailed list of the improvements in the 5.5 version here:
http://www.native-instruments.com/fo...d.php?t=114767

I invite you to download the public beta version and take a close look at Reaktor 5.5. By testing it, you can help us to finish it with the best possible quality for the official release in September.

Starting in a few days, we will also invite all public beta participants to an online survey to get your feedback about the new version.

We also want to engage the ambitious Reaktor designers here in the forum with a new community project that we have planned for quite a while. We hope that we can also start this in time for the Reaktor 5.5 release.

Thank you to all of you for all the interest and dedication that you have put into Reaktor over the years. I hope that version 5.5 will inspire you for even more building and music making.

Awesome stuff.
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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by tlennon » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:43 pm

Dang, with Reaktor 5.5 and the upcoming of Reason 5, I don't know if I can contain myself.
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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by Benshik » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:17 pm

What, no more beige UI?? :(
It fitted so well with Live's light brown skin...
damn...
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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by re.mark » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:24 pm

Benshik wrote:What, no more beige UI?? :(
It fitted so well with Live's light brown skin...
damn...
Well its still fairly similar, just looks less 1990 and more 2000 with some gradients etc. Everything (multiple panes) in one box makes much more sense imo.

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by dum » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:43 pm

I had no issue with the current/previous aesthetic...but workflow improvements in the UI are welcome of course. :D
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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by mholloway » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:03 pm

soooooo happy about this. Love how the UI is now consistent with Maschine and Kontakt.

Awesome....great news to wake up to!

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by esky » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:05 pm

In vst use i cannot find the buttons to resize the frame to let the ensembles fit in...in 5.1.5 second row from the top on the right side. Where are they now...? 8O

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by Machinesworking » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:33 pm

Looks great, I'm excited that they aren't charging for it, that's really cool.
Too bad it's not 64 bit, but personally I see no reason to be bleeding edge, and there are solutions to that problem for people who NEED 16GB of RAM etc.
dum wrote: There's a lot Ableton still need to learn from NI.
It's funny how the software business is. Years ago NI were upgrading Komplete every year, had some crazy Komplete Care plan,
and promised things they didn't deliver on all the time. As well as Reactor being a dog on Mac until halfway through Reactor 4 at around 4.5.
The realized their mistakes, changed the update process (announcements of .01 updates and where in the process it's at), and stopped concentrating on
milking people who want improved software in favor of Kore libraries and milking people who want basically presets. They also stabilized their line, for the most part things work even upon initial release, which was a long standing gripe about NI.

Ableton on the other hand.... it's like they changed places. :cry:

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by Poster » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:41 pm

Lazerbass.. 8O seriously.. 8O

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Re: Reaktor 5.5 Public Beta !!

Post by Poster » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:45 pm

Machinesworking wrote:Looks great, I'm excited that they aren't charging for it, that's really cool.
Too bad it's not 64 bit, but personally I see no reason to be bleeding edge, and there are solutions to that problem for people who NEED 16GB of RAM etc.
dum wrote: There's a lot Ableton still need to learn from NI.
It's funny how the software business is. Years ago NI were upgrading Komplete every year, had some crazy Komplete Care plan,
and promised things they didn't deliver on all the time. As well as Reactor being a dog on Mac until halfway through Reactor 4 at around 4.5.
The realized their mistakes, changed the update process (announcements of .01 updates and where in the process it's at), and stopped concentrating on
milking people who want improved software in favor of Kore libraries and milking people who want basically presets. They also stabilized their line, for the most part things work even upon initial release, which was a long standing gripe about NI.

Ableton on the other hand.... it's like they changed places. :cry:
I hear what you say but 5+ years to come from R5 to R5.5 is just plain ridiculous..

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